SimCity Launches.. And There Are Queues.

SimCity has launched in the US, and there are 30 minute queues to get in and play.  The game doesn’t even unlock in Europe for another three days, so unless EA hurry up and add more servers, this is only going to get worse.

Sim City

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I Punched Diablo!

I’ve just completed my Nightmare run of Diablo III with my Barbarian, and realised there was one particular achievement which I could go back and get very easily.. Punch Diablo!

Punch Diablo

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Path of Exile – First Look

While looking at some Diablo III postings, I saw rather a lot of spam comments trying to redirect fans over to Path of Exile.  Normally, I ignore spam and condemn the author, but there were a lot of comments, and I was curious.  A quick look around turned up a game that’s still in beta, but already has a bit of a following..

Path of Exile - Exiles

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Alas, Poor Ragiest..

My first foray into Diablo III’s Hardcore mode, with Ragiest the Barbarian, ended in tragedy thanks to a pack of Demented Fallen.  Tragedy, because if you’re going to die, at least let it be to a boss, right? 😉

Ragiest the Barbarian

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Diablo III Hardcore, or, Am I Mad?

I’ve been playing more Diablo III this week, with a Barbarian who is great fun to play, wading into packs of enemies, and so much tougher than the Demon Hunter that it may as well be a different game.  Of course the various patches and tweaks have helped, but there’s more interesting loot drops too.. three Legendary items in my trip through Normal.  Though I died to Belial (not getting out of his mess quickly enough), I managed Diablo with ease, unlike when I met him with my Demon Hunter. (more…)

Legendary Pants

I completed Diablo III a while back, with a Demon Hunter.. and played around a little in Nightmare mode.  I remember being frustrated because I had to resort to the Auction House: I wasn’t able to take on Diablo in the gear I’d found or crafted along the way.  The loot drops were poor, and crafting was just too expensive and too hit-and-miss in terms of the magic effects.  When you have to craft four or five pairs of boots to get a pair with your primary stat, that’s not fun.

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Diablo III Expansion Confirmed

Blizzard have confirmed that Diablo III is to receive an expansion, although no date has been announced.

Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime noted that the priority of the expansion will be quality and gameplay, rather than scheduling.

World-First Diablo III HC Inferno Clear Confirmed

Blizzard have confirmed the world-first Diablo III Hardcore Inferno Clear, which was completed prior to the 1.0.3 patch.  Canadian gamer Kripp was playing a Barbarian, and had help from a Wizard friend, Krippi.

He’s uploaded the video of their fight with Diablo, from the Barbarian’s perspective: and it’s a long fight!

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One Week of Diablo III!

Well.. I say a week.. heh.  Launch day was a no-go, with Blizzard having somehow been unaware of how many of their customers would actually want to play, and the servers being unable to cope with this demand.  These problems continued the following day, with connection problems, lag, and maintenance on the Battle.net servers.. and still they weren’t finished, as there was yet more surprise downtime and maintenance later on during the week.

The only positive thing that could be said for Blizzard in this was that they got on with the maintenance straight away.. but they should have had some indication of demand from pre-order and sales figures, and from the open beta weekend which was plagued with the same problems, and they should have ensured that their systems were ready to deal with it.

Anyway.. I went with the Demon Hunter, with plans to play the game through alone, at my own pace.. with exploration, reading all the journals, watching all the cutscenes and playing with the crafting system a bit too.  I had a friend drag me through Diablo II ages back, and didn’t get to explore or enjoy the story; that isn’t going to happen again.

The first part of the game was available during the open beta.. and available as a trial of the game via the Starter Edition or Guest Passes.  The first part of Act 1, up to the Skeleton King, seemed to play the same as during Beta, ignoring the random elements of course!

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